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Notre Dame Bay Region ~ Notre Dame Bay West / Exploits

1836 Census

Sops Arms

Note: There was a miscellaneous column at the end which was left blank.
Transcribed and contributed by Isabel Taylor.
While we have endeavored to be as correct as humanly possible, there may be typographical errors.


Number and Denomination
of Churches & Ministers
Head of Household Occupation Dwelling Houses Under 14 yrs 14-60 yrs Upwards of 60 yrs Under 14 yrs 14-16 yrs Upwards of 60 yrs Male Female Under 15 15 to 30 Upwards of 30 Heads of families who are servants Acres
in possession
under cultivation
Bushels of potatoes yearly Bushels of oats & other grains Tons hay Horses Neat[domesticated] cattle Hogs Sheep Schools Male pupils Female pupils Protestant Episcopalians Protestant Dissenters Roman Catholics
Thomas Lewis Planter 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

Transcriber's notes on the census

It looks as if fishing boat capacity was measured in quintals, not in tons. The writing is definitely qtls. There are problems with the number of members of religious denominations exceeding the number of inhabitants (i.e. at Indian Burying Place). The following notes are based on checking the census transcription against the entries for the various communities in the Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador (ENL), and surname entries in Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E. R. Seary (FN). They are supplemented, in the section on Fortune Harbour, by notes from John Carrick Greene`s Of Fish and Family. These extracts illustrate the difficulties created by surname variations. Thanks are due to Dave Anstey and Jill Marshall for their transcriptions, which were helpful in deciphering some of the trickier entries.


No record of Thomas Lewis at Sops Arm specifically. However, a Thomas Lewis was "one of the party of men led by William Cull of Fogo who went up the Exploits River in quest of the residence of the native Indians".

"The earliest known settler at Sops Arm was a salmon fisherman named Thomas Lewis. One of the earliest recorded settlers in western Notre Dame Bay, Lewis was one of the party led by William Cull which journeyed to Red Indian Lake in 1810 in an attempt to establish contact with the Beothuk. By the time of the first Census in 1836 Lewis was middle-aged and living at Sops Arm with a male servant. The 1845 Census also records two people."

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